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Re: Still would have lost...2
Apparently the G field marshals and their boss never read Tolstoy or looked at a map and really thought about distance, hundreds of thousands of square kilometers and populations.
Not to mention, how much territory they already "had to administer" at the time of the invasion.
Still, 75% or so of G forces were in or supporting the Ostfront, so the Allies and their descendants should be thankful, things happened as they did.
Mussolini (and by extension the Italian Army) was a joke! Italian campaigns in North Africa and Balkans were both failing and needed a bail-out from Hitler! Even his brief invasion of southern France in June 1940 got beaten back! And his military "help" on the Eastern Front usually led to Russian break-through's!
what doomed him was Italy invading Greece and needing help, this delayed Barbarossa, meaning winter beat him to Moscow!
Posted on 21st so maybe you reside in the East in anticipation?
Around 03:00 Sunday June 22nd the first flares were fired to move off. For the most part it was in twilight but much lighter further north.
Will the world ever see an assault on such a scale ever launched again? No way. Really sent world history off in a tangent.
80 years ago today Germany launched one of the most momentous and costly wars in human history.
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